September will be an exciting month for us! We have two special events planned for everyone to enjoy. Our first event, on September 2nd beginning at 10:30am, is a Native American Handicraft Class with Sicangu Rosebud Mike Marshall. Attendees will make a parfleche bag using authentic materials. Parfeleche bags were often used to carry pemmican and other forms of food. Today one can find many uses for these ancient bags. Tickets can be purchased online, click on Event Tickets in the Shoppe Antiquary link above, or call us at 605-996-5473. You can also come to the Village for tickets. Tickets are $20 each (online or at the Village) and include all materials to make your own parfleche bag. This event is for all ages.
Our second September event is Ojibwe Imagination: The Art of Kenneth Lynch. Ojibwe artist Kenneth Lynch will be at the Village on September 15th beginning at 9:30am, to present new art, sign prints (must be purchased at the Shoppe Antiquary) and discuss Ojibwe cultural themes and how he creates his unique pen and ink paintings. Kenneth speaks his Native language, is an accomplished artist, and golfs in tournaments throughout the Northern Plains. His art is available at the Village's Shoppe Antiquary and has been sold to folks from all over the country. Stop by and meet this entertaining artist and get to know his work. This event is free to the public.
As summer gently flows on come and have some fun at the Village! Our archaeologist interns are busy guiding tours at our dig site, our new tech project, Connecting the Past to the Present, has begun. We have an awesome time-lapse video in the Archeodome, showing part of this summer's recent dig. Two new monitors have been placed on the ramp overlooking the digsite, each showcases primitive skills. They are fascinating to watch. Children are enjoying the Kids Dig - they really like getting a free arrowhead! And Moms and Dads are learning along with the kids how to throw a spear using an atlatl. Our dig this summer revealed some very interesting artifacts from a lodge that had burned down. Archaeologists uncovered six bison scapula hoes from the interior of the lodge. Stone tools were recovered from this lodge four years ago. That these tools were in the lodge when it burned down tells us that the fire was not a planned event. The bison scapula hoes have been left in situ for everyone to see. The stone tools are part of an exhibit, Fire in the Village, in the Archeodome.
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3200 Indian Village Road
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301
Just 5 minutes northwest of the Corn Palace!